How to initiate the “Turn Around” method.
For some dogs, leash training is a breeze. They respect the arrangement and understand the dynamics fairly quickly. For others… let’s just say it’s not so simple.
Many dogs resist being on a leash, but that’s a completely natural reaction. Our four legged friends love being outside, and enjoy the sights and smells of both new and familiar terrain. We want to encourage their love of outdoor settings, but it’s important to be able to control your dog while in public. This makes life easier for the both of you.
Leash training is a concept that takes a certain level of commitment. It’s not necessarily difficult, but it takes dedication and routine. There are also many different approaches, but for this purpose we’ll dive into the “Turn Around” method of leash training, which can be applied to dogs of all ages.
Step-by-step “Turn Around” leash training:
1. Introduce the leash and collar.
As soon as your dog joins the family, introduce the leash and collar. Make the introduction when your pooch is feeling happy and comfortable, so they can associate positivity with the leash and collar. Use a little treat to further connect comfort and reward with the equipment.
2. Initiate the “Turn Around” method.
Start with a short leash that keeps the dog about two feet from your side (if necessary, pull a lengthy leash close to you and wrap excess around your hand). If your dog begins pulling/running away, quickly turn around and walk in the other direction.
Every time you turn around, give your dog a treat. If they remain well-behaved and by your side, give them another treat. Be sure to use very delicious treats to keep them wanting more, but distribute them in small portions.
The turn around method will take patience and practice. Don’t become discouraged. Start with this process a few times a day for roughly ten minutes. Slowly transition to longer walks.